Email Sent 9/26/2022 by President Stephen Meuler - Hurricane preparations

Good morning,

Sarasota County remains in the projected path of the hurricane. As I stated earlier, the rec center will be closed this week so that the area can be prepared and secured for the storm.

LMP is not doing trimming today but is on site gathering and removing any loose debris that they see from the property. They are also preparing to do storm clean up for us if needed. They have assured me that WIllowbend will be a top priority for them for any cleanup needed. If you have any landscaping related damage from the storm you will need to contact Sentry to put in a work order for LMP. Please do not contact LMP directly.

Another reminder - please look carefully outside your home for any items that could become flying debris and move those items indoors.

Everyone please stay safe - and let's hope for the best for our area and all of Florida.

Stephen Meuler
President, Willowbend HOA


Email Sent 9/22/2022 by President Stephen Meuler - Hurricane Watch!

The latest hurricane forecast (while very early) does not look good for Sarasota. Let's hope that the forecast changes in the next couple of days. This is a reminder for everyone to be prepared. All outdoor items, including on your lanai, that can fly around in a storm need to be secured indoors. Flying debris can cause a lot of damage. If you are not currently home and you know that you have items that need to be secured, please contact a neighbor or other friend to assist you in preparing your property for this storm.

Unless there is a major change in the forecast, we will be closing the rec center as of Sunday evening. We need to get this area, particularly the outdoor furniture, secured. John Bobianski, our committee chair for the rec center, has agreed to lead the effort to secure this area. Many thanks in advance John!

Please look carefully outside your home for any possible "flying debris."

Above all, stay safe! Let's all hope for the best!

Stephen Meuler
President, Willowbend HOA


AGENDA FOR THE 9/15/2022 MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Click the link to see the Agenda for the 9/15/2022 Willowbend Board of Directors Meeting


Email Sent 9/1/2022 by President Stephen Meuler - Power to Homes - Irrigation

It has come to our attention that some homes in the community that are vacant for the season have their power turned off from inside the house. Please be aware that if the power in your home is turned off when you leave for an extended period of time, the irrigation cannot run to your property. The HOA cannot be responsible for any damage to your lawn and other landscaping due to lack of irrigation if this is the case.

Stephen Meuler
Willowbend HOA


Email Sent 8/31/2022 by President Stephen Meuler - New Sod

I hope that everyone is well and surviving the hot summer! You have probably noticed that the project to replace sod is continuing and many homes have had sod installed this past week. More homes will be completed in the next week. The irrigation has been set at each of the homes with new sod but due to the intense heat we are having we are asking for your help as well. If your front yard has had new sod installed - and if you are able to do so - we ask that you water the new sod daily for the next couple of weeks. Five minutes of water in the morning would be most beneficial. Thanks for your help.

Stephen Meuler
Willowbend HOA


The President's Corner

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BOARD ELECTION, OFFICERS

At the reconvened annual meeting of the Willowbend Community Association held on April 21, 2022, Stephen Meuler, Paul McClain and John Santiago were elected to the Board of Directors. On April 25, 2022, the Board met to elect officers.  The 2022-2023 Board members and their positions are as follows:

Stephen Meuler, President
Joe Trentacoste, Vice President
Scott Brundrett, Treasurer
Paul McClain, Secretary
John Santiago, Director at Large


2022 WILLOWBEND BUDGET AND RESERVE SCHEDULE

The Board adopted the 2022 Budget and the Reserve Schedule on November 18, 2021. You can view the adopted Budget on the secure pages for homeowners on this web site.

To reach the adopted budget on the Willowbend Web site, you need to remember your user name and password and sign in. If you do not remember either one, you can call Marshall Hestenes at (941) 918-8150 or e-mail him at hestenes@msu.edu and he will remind you of your user name and give you a new password. Once you have logged-in, at the bottom of the list of links on the left hand side, you will see a link called "Budget". Click on it, and you will go to the Willowbend Community Association Budget page, which will contain links to the 2022 Budget and the 2022 Reserve Schedule documents. Also, about two weeks after the end of the month, an Income and Expenses summary is posted that shows actual income and expenses through the end of that month and how they compare with the budgeted amounts in each category.


GAZEBO LANDSCAPE MEETINGS

LMP will meet residents with landscape issues at the Gazebo every week on Wednesday, 9:30 am to 10:30 am.


WILLOWBEND NEWSLETTER

After a hiatus of many years, in early June, 2021, publication of the Willowbend newsletter, Around the Bend, resumed. On the left menu, click the Around the Bend link to get to the page containing links to the newsletters published since that date.


NOKOMIS FIRE DEPARTMENT MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Click the link to see the June, 2022 newsletter from the Nokomis Fire Department.


LMP NEWSLETTER

Click the link to see the September, 2022 newsletter from LMP.


FLAG ETIQUETTE

Residents are reminded that according to flag etiquette, the custom is to display the U. S. flag only from sunrise to sunset on flagstaffs in the open, but it may be displayed at night - if illuminated - to produce a patriotic effect.


FITNESS CENTER

The fitness center is now open, but use of it is strictly at your own risk, and you must follow the Guidelines and Restrictions for Use of this Facility


SENTRY MANAGEMENT INFORMATION

Sentry Management has provided instructions for Access to The CommunityPro Portal and a Sentry Website Tutorial . Owners will need their 16-digit account number to register on the Web portal. This number will be provided to everyone on their payment coupons. However, they are also more than welcome to contact Sentry’s Customer Service number (800-932-6636 ext 42500) or the local office number (941-361-1222) and speak to the operator and Sentry will gladly provide you with your account number.


INTERNET AND CABLE TV CONTRACT - FRONTIER

At the December, 2017 Board meeting, the Board approved a new 5-year contract with Frontier for internet and cable TV. If you have any problems with your Frontier internet or cable TV service or if you are a new owner in Willowbend and want to set up internet and cable TV service, the number to call is 1-844-660-0648 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.


Roof Cleaning

At the June 18, 2015 Board meeting, after reviewing a report compiled by an ad hoc committee of residents, the Board adopted a revised policy on roof cleaning. The key provision requires that residents have their roof cleaned at least once every three years. For a complete version of the new policy and links to the committee report, click on the title of this item.


Alligator Removal Policy

Willowbend Community Association has been issued Nuisance Alligator Permit #295402 from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It establishes the 147 acres of Willowbend as a state Targeted Harvest area (THA), with specific procedures and instructions. Click on the link to see the details.


Welcome to the Willowbend Community Web Site

Among the features are:

  • A home page. The body of the home page will contain info a small number of articles of current interest. Click on the title to see the whole article. On the right side is a list of upcoming Board & committee meetings and social events.
  • An events calendar.
  • Security so that only Willowbend residents and owners can see portions of the site.
  • Pages displayed in real time from a database, including the directory pages.

Upcoming Events
10/22/22 - 5:00PM
Willowbend Octoberfest
Print Events

Important Links for Residents

Approved Plant List

Approved Paint Colors

Pruning Schedule

Irrigation Schedule